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Navigation in eight cardinal directions with pseudo-attraction force for the visually impaired

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2 Author(s)
Amemiya, T. ; NTT Commun. Sci. Labs., NTT Corp., Kanagawa, Japan ; Sugiyama, H.

We have proposed a haptic direction indicator that will help visually impaired pedestrians to travel a path and avoid hazards areas intuitively and safely by means of force-based navigation. The haptic direction indicator uses the pseudo-attraction force technique, which generates a pulling or pushing force in portable or mobile devices by exploiting the nonlinear relationship between perceived acceleration and physical acceleration. We have investigated the angular resolution of the pseudo-attraction force for the visually impaired in a static posture to design a practical haptic direction indicator. This paper describes a prototype of a crosshair haptic direction indicator based on our previous findings. An experiment was performed to clarify the perceptual characteristics when a visually impaired pedestrian is navigated by perceiving force sensation. The results show that most of the visually impaired participants could walk in a predetermined cardinal direction with the haptic direction indicator. Finally, we discuss the drawbacks of our system and design improvements.

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Systems, Man and Cybernetics, 2009. SMC 2009. IEEE International Conference on

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11-14 Oct. 2009